Aux Merveilleux de Fred was not my intended destination.
But, thanks to my poor map reading skills (and perhaps good eyes for finding food), I stumbled into this little sweet boutique instead of the train station. This, as my luck had it, was the superstar patisserie of Lille. With a handful of Parisian and Belgian outposts, the Lenotre-trained patron chef Frederic Vaucamp is coming to be known as France’s meringue moderniser.
To be honest, these plump, shapely hills of cream with a little dot on top appeared not too dissimilar to boobies. They are, in fact, known as “Les Merveilleux” – meringue enrobed with chocolate-y whipped cream and rolled in shaved dark chocolate. For some, they were very foppish looking; for others, they looked as if having been dropped on floor and carelessly reassembled. Taste-wise, there was an awful lot of aerated cream and sugar involved. All dissolved at a kiss and was very addictive.
At Aux Merveilleux de Fred, these babies came in different sizes – D Cup, F Cup. I didn’t like them big so I only grabbed the A Cup ones. There were also variants of white chocolate (with a black squeezing of dark choc Chantilly cream on top) called “Les Incroyables”. The coffee-flavoured ones called “Les Impensables” were also available.
Leaving for the train station, I did also ask for a Flan Nature to take away, and I immediately fell in love with the expertly jellied custard. Such a guilty pleasure…
My head rating says, “8 out of 10″.
My heart rating says, “7 out of 10″.
Aux Merveilleux de Fred
67 rue de la Monnaie
Tel. +33 320 51 99 59